March 2020 Recruiter News

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With the departure of March, there’s probably a lot of changes afoot which could impact your business. We’ve rounded up some of the key points for recruiters to keep you in the loop.

Government announces support for business

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the government revealed an ambitious support package for businesses. The measures announced include support for employees with refunds of Statutory Sick Pay and a scheme to support employers with paying up to 80% of their employees’ wages. Also announced was deferrals to payments on self-assessment tax payments and VAT.

Right to Work checks rules updated

In response to the social distancing measures outlined by the government, the way in which recruiters conduct Right to Work checks on employees and candidates has changed until further notice. Under the new rules, checks should now be conducted over video calls where possible and employees should send over scanned copies of identification, rather than the originals.

IR35 reforms delayed

In an unexpected move, the government made the decision on March 17th to delay the private sector IR35 reforms. This decision came to help relieve businesses and individuals in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The government has assured businesses that this is a deferral, not a cancellation, and still intends for the reform to take place a year later on April 6th 2021.

To find out more about the measures available for businesses in response to coronavirus, take a look at our support hub.